Dean Kowarski, CEO of Real Foods, which acquired the Kauai group in 2015, shared with Business Day TV's Big Small Business Show how business after business, he was working towards the day when his ventures would reflect his passions. Kowarski, a qualified chartered accountant, spent the early years of his career working in finance in New York before ditching his suit and the corporate world to pursue his passion for food and nutrition. He said working in corporate finance was a sacrifice he’d had to make but the experience gained was invaluable. He said the process of taking over and rebranding Kauai was met with much backlash from the franchise’s customers who where fiercely loyal to the brand. “At the same time my team and I had an absolute believe of where we wanted to take Kauai. We knew it wasn’t a quick fix, we knew it wasn’t a three or four month process. We had to win people over; we had to communicate to people what we were doing. So we had this believe that in the long-ter...

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